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Gourmet Cuisine at Chiva-Som, Thailand

ABOVE IS OUR FIRST NARRATED VIDEO WITH MY VOICE IN IT :D. ENJOY.

Hello everyone. It is not everyday that we get a chance to stay at Chiva-Som, one of Thailand’s best and most coveted health resorts. We were there on an invitation earlier last month as the place was showcasing their somewhat ‘mysterious’ spa cuisine to a small group of media and selected members. As you might have already known, Chiva-Som prides itself as being so-so-so private. Coming here, upon the check-in, we were given a piece of paper laden with the ‘staying rules’ to sign to agree upon. Privacy and quietness are among their top concerns, hence guests are not allowed to use mobile phone anywhere in the resort, except for their own room and at the reception. Part of the reasons is that Chiva-Som has been among the places selected by many of the world’s top celebrities to come, lay low and relax. Of course, they would want their privacy while roaming in a bathrobe in and out, all day long, of the resort’s famous spa and other facilities.

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Sofitel So Bangkok’s So Amazing Chefs 2014

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Sofitel So’s Park Society’s mise en place at the media luncheon.


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FOUR SEASONS 15TH WORLD GOURMET FESTIVAL
HOTEL DINING| BY INVITATION| ANNUAL GASTRONOMY
There’s now a loud hush-hush going on that the oh-so-very-revered Michelin Guide is coming to town. And that should be a no surprise given the fact that there are now SO many Michelin-starred chefs roaming the capital. Many even established their restaurants here as if to wait, in a silent yet oh-so-very-anticipating state, for the umpire to roll along when the time comes.
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Four Seasons Bangkok 15th World Gourmet Festival

All gourmet and gorgeous at the Four Seasons Bangkok 15th World Gourmet Festival.

All gourmet and gorgeous at the Four Seasons Bangkok 15th World Gourmet Festival.


GASTRONOMIC NEWS| FOOD EVENT| HOTEL DINING
Mark your calendar! For during September 1-7, 2014, Four Seasons Bangkok is bringing back their famous World Gourmet Festival that will feature leading chefs and renowned master of wine who will take participants through yet another exiting gastronomic journey. You can reserve tickets to the event here.

With the following chefs having confirmed their appearances.
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W Bangkok Does (Fabulous) Brunch

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BY INVITATION| BRUNCH IN BANGKOK| HOTEL DINING

W Hotel “W Does Brunch”
106 North Sathorn Road, Silom, Bangkok, BTS: Chong Nonsee
T: (+66) 02-344-4000
Opening Hours
12.30 – 16.30 First Saturday each month.
Atmosphere: Posh, swanky and happy-going.
Dishes We Like: BBQ on skewers, seafood, khao soi and lemon tart.
Drink Choices: Free-flow drinks of all kinds, plus superlative drink stations preparing classic drinks with a twist.
Price: Bt2,200++ or Bt2,800++per person.

There should be some secret chemicals going on about brunching in Bangkok because the thing has become so sizzling in town. Now that almost every hotel here are offering the big meal, a few make it to the selective tops. And among them, W Bangkok whose swanky concept of a brunch makes their hotel on or above par with their peers in key cities like London and Paris.

We were invited not too long ago to join their once-a-month-only W Does Brunch which is their unique signature Saturday brunch that takes place only on the first Saturday of each month. This concept, although not exactly unheard-of, is unique to W Hotel. For it is not just the magnificent spread of food that was impressive, but the whole idea of mixing the cool designs with the food, the music with the food, and the colourful having-fun ambiance that make coming here a real experience.

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Healthy Eating in Bangkok – Absolute Fit Food

Not quite a restaurant, Absolute Fit Food on 3rd Floor of Portico Building on Soi Langsuan offers daily set lunch and dinner.

Absolute Fit Food on 3rd Floor of Portico Building on Soi Langsuan offers daily set lunch and dinner.

READ ABOUT THANYAPURA PHUKET’S WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM
It is generally known that glossier food flies better than the one with connotation to health and cleansing. The proof is evident. On social networks, likes are spread thicker on something slathered with dripping melting cheese than, say, something with curly greens, steamed and poached.  Continue reading


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Well-being in Thailand – Losing Weight at Thanyapura Phuket

Thanyapura Sports Hotel's guest room and their ozone-treated Olympic standard swimming pool.

Thanyapura Sports Hotel’s guest room and their ozone-treated Olympic standard swimming pool.


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If you like swimming as much as I do, you’d swoon at the sight of Thanyapura’s Olympic-standard state-of-the-art facility. The dip, completed with the ozone treatment and underwater window for the coach to observe the postures, can easily be the best in the country. With the backdrop of Phuket’s mountain range, this is the swimming pool that boasts the beauty of the outdoor that should beckon even the most sluggish lady to stretch out and dive into the laps.

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Afternoon Tea at Four Seasons + Royal China Chinese Restaurant

The scrumptious afternoon tea at Four Seasons and Royal China Restaurant at Thonglor 10.

The scrumptious afternoon tea at the Four Seasons and Royal China Restaurant at Thonglor 10.

DIM SUM IN BANGKOK
FOUR SEASONS RESTAURANT AT MEGA BANGNA
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CHEF MAN AT EASTIN HOTEL SATHORN
HONG KONG’S CENTURY-OLD LIN HEUNG KUI

FOUR SEASONS CHINESE RESTAURANT THONGLOR ★★★★
2F, Thonglor Soi 10 at @10 Building, Sukhumvit 55, Bangkok, Thailand
T: +66 (0) 2392-6212
Opening Hours
11.00 – 22.00 daily.
Atmosphere: Airy, posh and family-style.
Dishes We Like: BBQ duck, Aromatic duck, Radish cakes, BBQ Pork Puffs, Crispy Pork and Toffee Banana.
Drink Choices: Free-flow Chinese tea or Chrysanthemum tea.
Price: Expect at pay about Bt700-900 per person.
Value for Money: ★★★★
Reservation: Accepted.

For me, there’s something about dim sum that I can’t get enough. One of the world’s most ancient fares, dim sum is deeply a cultural treat. Whereas in its origins such as Southern China and Hong Kong, dim sum is more of a morning deal, in Thailand, we usually have it for lunch. But here at the Four Seasons Restaurant in Thonglor, we can even have it for a scrumptious afternoon tea, as a savoury treat we share with friends, for the place, along with their classic Cantonese staples, also serves their dim sum from 11.00 onwards until 5pm. A great choice for those wishing to avoid the lunch crowds and still get a hearty afternoon feast.

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Marriott Mobile Check-In App, a Personal Experience

Mariott Worldwide just rolled out the on-app check-in and check-out facility that makes travelling easier and more pleasant.

Mariott Worldwide just rolled out the on-app check-in and check-out facility that makes travelling easier and more pleasant.

We just had a very fun weekend, a sort of an urban escape, and I want to tell you all about it. Marriott Hotels is rolling out its state-of-the-art mobile check-in and check-out application that allows guests to breeze in and out of the hotel without having to queue up at the counter. We got to experience the whole procedure plus their glorious food and services during that lovely weekend there.

Being Marriott, one of the world’s most expansive hoteliers, the mobile check-in app is designed to make millions of travellers happy. The only thing you’d need to do is to install the app, which is available on both Android devices and and Apple iPhones. If you are already a Marriott Rewards member, just key in your membership number into the installed app and then you are good to go. Apart from its check-in and check-out ability, this app also allows you to search and book for a hotel and then do your own check-in and check-out schedules at your own convenience.

The first set of pictures portrays the sequences of what happened on my device once we reserved a room at the Marriott Sukhumvit Hotel for a weekend. One night before we were to arrive, there’s a push notification for us to check in. We only needed to select the estimate arrival time just so they could prepare the room. When the room was ready, there’s also another notification letting us know. On arrival, the only thing we needed to do was signing the form and getting the key (they do plan to install more high-techies so we can soon check in using our mobile device, too.)

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